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this morning on "early today," wall of destruction. death toll soars in japan as authorities race to head off nuclear meltdowns. the situation in japan raises fears over the safety of nuclear power plants here at home. anwhiteout. a late winter blizzard leaves hundreds of motorists stranded a late winter blizzard leaves hundreds of motorists stranded in north dakota. captions paid for by nbc-universal television a very good morning to you. today we begin with a country in crisis.
in japan, rescuers are searching for signs of life as the clock ticks in the wake of friday's epic disaster. japanese police say that they have recovered another 1,000 bodies that washed along the shore adding to a mounting death toll already thought to be above 10,000. kristen dahlgren joins us with the latest. the search and rescue operation still under way, but with every hour the situation appears to grow more grave. 1,000 bodies were found in one area. also unconfirmed reports that more than 10,000 could be missing from a single area as well for those that survived the quake surviving the aftermath is proving almost as challenging. there is no food, no water for more than a million people, more than a million people without electricity. and gas is in short supply as well making it difficult to get to safe areas.
add that to concerns over a nuclear accident. today there was another explosion at that nuclear plant, the number three reactor had a hydrogen explosion. officials continue to maintain that a widespread radioactive leak is unlikely, but we're also getting word from the "new york times" that the pentagon is expected to announce that the "uss ronald reagan" did travel through a radioactive cloud earlier and crew members on deck received about a month's worth of radiation in an hour. >> kristen, thank you. in the meantime experts are weighing in on the potential impact at home. let's turn to tracie potts. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. there are 104 nuclear plants in this country, almost a quarter of them built like those now under a state of emergency in japan. and the u.s. is actually looking at building more. the nuclear regulatory
commission says power plants in this country are built to withstand the most severe shock, but the government is looking at even more of these, four more in progress, 20 applications. the government announced $8 billion in loans last year for new nuclear plants. they're looking for four times that in the upcoming budget. and in light of what's going on in japan, here on capitol hill, some lawmakers want to put the brakes on those new constructions saying this is the time to hold off or review whether or not we're sufficiently protected. others suggest that this is a bad time to make u.s. policy. and you were talking about the aid flowing into japan right now. the white house says up to $100 million is available. they're also sending in a couple of large search and rescue teams, k-9s, and of course nuclear experts. >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. now a look at other stories
making news. in north dakota, a fast moving blizzard left hundreds stranded along the highways. officials say between 800 and 900 people were rescued after ice, snow and 60-miles-per-hour winds combined to produce whiteout conditions. tow trucks and the national guard were enlisted to help. in wisconsin, a couple of drivers found out they parked in the wrong spot after a massive sinkhole swallowed two cars. officials say the 10-foot deep 625 square foot hole was caused by a water main break. city crews are working to keep the hole was widening. and finally in pennsylvania, one group of teens is using facebook to help avoid prom dress disaster. the girls are posting photos of their prom dresses on a page called please don't buy my dress. dozens have posted pictures hoping to ensure no two dresses are alike on the biggest night of their young lives.
and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is bill karins. so what do you think, please don't weigh my tux, is that for the guys? >> have you ever had someone wear the same dress as you? >> never. thank goodness. p. >> that would be a little awkward, i'd imagine. i hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. this is the week that we have st. paddy's day, we welcome in spring. we're all still trying to adjust from that time change, too. we do have snow out there and also a little bit of rain to deal with. just never to cause minor travel trouble. we have rain and snow. this is our winter radar. the green and yellow, this is all rain and even heavy rain from springfield heading toward st. louis. the white is the snow. it looks like it's stopped in kansas city. now the heavier snow is around
interstate 70 in central missouri. a heavy wet snow coming down pretty good, but maybe two, three inches at most. that's about it. st. louis, for you it's mostly just a rain event. you may see wet snow mixing in it at times, but that's about it. and during the next 48 hour, we'll see more rain over tennessee, kentucky, spreading in to west virginia. eventually to the east coast by the time we get to wednesday and thursday. this area does have some flooding, but it shouldn't cause the situation to get too much worse. so today beautiful warm weather from the southeast. florida everyone in the 80s. from new york northwards, a little cool with the breeze this morning. texas is all right. a little cool in dallas at 62 and there is the snow ending in kansas city. . that's a look at your monday forecast. now a look at the weather outside your window. puebeuebl
pueblo, quol coal, no the bad. columbus, ohio, 45 and cloudy skies. always cool in new york, 4. tuesday forecast coming up. and kansas city called. they want to know when you're going to put your winter radar away. >> i thought it was done, but not yet 37 we're close. how the fall out in japan will affect wall street. oil does a u turn and new leaked documents on bank of america. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, aliens invade the box office and capture the title of this weekend's top film. also a first for dwight howard, the bucks hit a new low, plus grab a pen. march madness is here. you're watching "early today."
forces took over a key rebel oil town and vowed to press eastward toward the main opposition city of benghazi. this as hillary clinton is due to meet in paris today with rebel leaders pressing for a no fly zone over the country. the white house is condemning violence in yemen and bahrain this morning urging governments in both countries to show restraint. yesterday in yemen, police fired tear gas and live rounds at anti-government protesters, wounding at least 100. in bahrain, police clash with thousands demanding the kingdom's monarchy give up power. and new zealand's prime minister has rejected a chinese request for additional compensation for parents who lost children in last month's earthquake in christchurch. china based their request on the fact that its own one child policy deepens the parents' loss. seven chinese students are confirmed dead with over 20 still missing. and scientists say japan's
earthquake on friday was so strong it moved the main island eight feet to the east and sped up the earth's rotation by 1.6 microseconds making the day just a little shorter. for more on japan's tragedy including startling interactive before and after satellite images, you can always head to the web, check out our home page on msnbc.com. now a look at one of your top health headlines. researchers say hydrocodone may be safe in smaller doses for women nursing newborns. a small fraction of the drug ended up in the mother's milk and said if weaker pain killers couldn't address the pain, it may be acceptable for the mother to take up to six 5-milligram tablets per day. for more information, head to the health page online at msnbc.com. >> narrator: early today health is brought to you by vagisil.
bring yourself back. >> and now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,044 after gaining 59 friday. the s&p added 9. the nasdaq was up 14. taking a look at overseas trading, a rough day for the nikkei losing a whopping 633 points. but in hong kong, the hang seng rose 96. given the vast extent of last week's devastating earthquake in japan, not surprisingly companies that do business there as well as nuclear related businesses look to be the most vulnerable this week on wall street. tokyo's stock markets spiraled downward. the central bank has injected $183 billion into money markets to try to defend the economy. here at home, keep an eye on the nation's two biggest nuclear operators.
also watch shares of comico and uranium one. edison international and pg&e also may be in play. expect u.s. listed shares of japanese companies like auto manufacturers toyota and honda, which have shut down many of their japanese factories, to trade lower. friday major insurers and reinsurers with exposure in japan were down and companies like aig and ace limited could be hit again today. one estimate already puts the total of insured losses from the quake at $35 billion. and then there's still oil. overnight in asian trade, oil fell sharply on investor pessimism that global economic growth will slow thanks to the disaster in japan. finally, anonymous. a hacker group sympathetic to wikileaks plans to release e-mails obtained from bank of america it claims will expose corruption and fraud at america's largest bank. well, orlando sees the light. a dark day for milwaukee and the
pacers knock off an old rival. plus a weekend of buzzer beaters in college hoops ushering in march madness. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. rain headed in to the tennessee and ohio valleys and a big storm for the west coast. your monday forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." >> sports, productivity is about to go down in offices around the country this week because so many people will be filling out their ncaa brackets. here is mario solis with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. start filling out those brackets. pick up your upsets and let the madness begin, the field is set for the ncaa tournament. but before the 68 teams were announced, there were conference championships to be won. let's start in the big ten. top ranked ohio state keeping things rolling against penn state. the buckeyes locked up the number one seed overall in the tournament with a decisive win 71-60. it is their second straight big ten title. a classic acc championship duke and north carolina. nolan smith leading the way for the blue devils. duke wins it 75-58, the top seed in the west.
the other number one seeds are kansas in the southwest and pitt in the southeast bracket and for the first time ever, there are four playing games, played tomorrow and wednesday night. nba, the only thing uglier than this guy's hat was the way the knicks played against the pacers. tyler hansbrough took a bite out of the big apple. pacers ending their skid 106-93. if that was ugly, the bucks were simply unwatchable. celtics held them to a low 56 points in boston. milwaukee scored just 9 in the first quarter, 22 in the half. the rout was on and the celtics one 87-56. dwight howard has been in the league seven seasons, but he's never won in phoenix. the magic had not won in the desert in ten years, but all that changed yesterday. howard played just three quarters but that was enough, he had 26 and 15 boards, 111-88. and that's your look at sports on "early today."
there .only problem spot in missouri down to arkansas, rain and even snow mixing in especially around jefferson city.down to arkansas, rain and snow mixing in especially around jefferson city. east coast dry, orlando nice weather. northeast a little chilly as we take a peek at tomorrow's forecast, the rain today in arkansas is going to slide through the southeast, tennessee and kentucky looks like atlanta tomorrow you'll need your umbrella. that's the only storm we're tracking. if you're watching us on wdtn tv, dayton, ohio, discover the nature of electricity through hands-on activities and experiments at "it's electric" at the booneshoft museum of discovery. that's your "early today" event of the day. >> looks like fun. >> should call the hair raising. >> that's what my hair looks like when i let it dry naturally. just thought i'd tell you. now an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. one new release played strongly
this weekend and the others not so strongly. "battle: los angeles" performed like a blockbuster opening in the top spot to a strong debut of $36 million. the animated western spoof "rango" showed surprising strength with $23 million. but the good news ended there. "red riding hood" debuted weakly in third with $14 million. and then things went even worse for the animated 3d family film "mars needs moms" opening in fifth way below expectations with less than $7 million just by opening on more than 200 pricey imax screens. finally, team beckham is adding a girl. after three sons, soccer star david beckham and his wife, victoria, the former pop star and current fashion maven learned they'll be having a daughter this summer. i'm sure she's so excited about that. >> and now what's the name going
to be shall. >> i don't want to play the name game. what's their kids names? >> i think one is brooklyn. that's kind of common. in the as crazy as apple. >> you can't let that one go, can you. this comes from wmaq in chicago, illinois where one annual tradition kicked off the windy city's celebration of the irish. the dyeing of the chicago river means one thing, st. patrick's day is coming. crews dumped buckets of nontoxic dye symbolizing the city's large irish american community. the annual spectacle goes back nearly 50 years and is eco-friendly making chicago's decision to go green an easy one. i'm veronica de la cruz and this is "early today." just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everyone. we're off to a nice quiet start. it was a nice weekend. temperatures were the mid to upper 50's. we do not expect any rain today. we have partly sunny skies. more cloud cover in the northern and western suburbs. 37 in westminster. 43 downtown. for today, a mixture of sunshine and clouds. not bad with temperatures in the upper 40's and low 50's.
we do have some rain in the forecast. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> for clock 57. 39 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> new radiation exposure concerns in japan. >> a girl is seriously injured in a dog attacked. i have details and a live report. >> we have an accident on the southbound j.f.x. southbound j.f.x.
[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good monday morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a check of the forecast. >> it was a great weekend. it will be a ce